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Rev. Francis Lauinger
"Rev. Francis Lauinger." Emmons County Record, June 1948.
Rev. Francis C. Lauinger, pastor of St. Michael’s Church, Emmons
County, will celebrate the Silver Jubilee of his priesthood on June
30 by a Solemn High Mass in St. Michael’s Church. The Bishop
will be present on the occasion and administer the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Father Lauinger was born on April 18, 1897, at Strasburg in South
Russia. At the age of five, he first came to America with his parents,
who homesteaded in McIntosh County. The family moved to Strasburg
in 1908. His preliminary studies for the priesthood were made at
the Benedictine Abbey in Richardton. He then spent three years in
St. Paul Seminary and completed the last three years of his Theological
Studies at Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis. He was ordained by Bishop
Wehrle to the priesthood at Strasburg on April 3, 1923.
Father Lauinger’s first assignment was an assistant to Father
Wagner at Kenmare. After six months, he was appointed pastor of
Powers Lake. He was assigned pastor of St. Michael’s Parish,
Emmons County, in November, 1925.
During the 23 years he has spent at St. Michael’s, Father
Lauinger has endeared himself to the people of his parish.
He has at all times shown interest in their material well being.
Under his direction and through the labor of his own hands, both
St. Michael’s Church and St. Joseph’s Church, the mission
which he attends, have been beautified and many improvements have
been made in the rectory. Were it not for the bad roads, St. Michael’s
Church would be one of the most beautiful places to visit in Emmons
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